Pugh powers to double victory

Matlock Bath's Rupert Pugh in action.
Matlock Bath's Rupert Pugh in action.

Matlock Bath powerboat racer Rupert Pugh closed the gap at the top of the P1 SuperStock championship points table at the weekend after two emphatic wins at the Plymouth Grand Prix of the Sea.

Pugh and Devon-based navigator Tony Crossley were unstoppable as they blazed away from the field to win both rounds and score a maximum 40 points.The double win comes on the back of retirement from the second race in Jersey and puts the Edox Swiss Watches-sponsored crew back in the title hunt.

“It’s a great feeling to win after the frustration of retiring from the lead at the opening round in Jersey,”, said a delighted Rupert, whose family runs the Heights of Abraham.

The outstanding performance by the Edox duo was not without its share of drama though, as they lost vital radio contact.

“It was an awesome second race and a great weekend, although we had intercom failure so it was quite hard to co-ordinate and it cost us some time. Tony and I have formed a really good team which is working well – when we can hear each other!”

Pugh and Crossley now turn their attention to the next round on the Humber in Hull on July 30-31.